Review: A Plea for Purging – The Life & Death of A Plea for Purging
- Artist: A Plea for Purging
- Album: The Life and Death of A Plea for Purging
- Record label: Facedown Records
- Release date:
- Track listing:
- "The Life"
- "Music City"
- "Heart of a Child" (Feat. Chad Ruhlig of Legend and For the Fallen Dreams)
- "Miss Fortune"
- "My Song" (Feat. Chadwick Johnson of Hundreth)
- "Skin and Bones"
- "Room for the Dead"
- "A Fight for Peace"
- "Hell at Our Backs"
- "Words Misread"
- "Hands and Feet"
- "Living the Dream"
- "The Death" (Feat. Chad Ulrich of Venia)
- "The Setting Sun"
The first song "The Life" is a good song, I first heard through their music video. Now if you've ever seen a video by A Plea for Purging, you know how ridiculous they are. But not this one! It was very professional.... Until the end when Drummer Aaron Eckermann sticks his tongue out at the camera, and then Guitarist/Clean Vocalist Blake Martin comes out with his mouth wide open. Anyways, the song is great song. I love it!
"Music City" is rather a groovy song. The bass is very evident! Bassist John Wand did a great job! As did the rest APFP! This song might in a Metalcore genre, but it's more Sludge metal in my opinion.
"Heart of a Child". Like I mentioned in "The Life" about ridiculous music videos, this was one of them. Crazy! Oh, another thing, this song features Chad Ruhlig of For the Fallen Dreams and Legend. Just for the fans of them.
"Miss Fortune" is basically one of many tracks performed by Blake Martin this album. It's almost like A Plea for Purging did a split with Martin. The song is about 1 minute long and very digitally oriented.
The song is called "My Song". This song does have a Metalcore feel to it. The song features Chad Johnson of the formerly Christian Metalcore band, Hundreth.
"Skin & Bones" is another Blake Martin song. All this song is digital drums and Martin's acoustic guitar. At first! Then, in comes in some real drums, electric guitar, and bass. But I believe this is all him.
Now on to "Room for the Dead". I think song is about Vocalist Andy "Dozer" Atkins' mother, who committed suicide. The song starts out with Atkins' lyrics: "There's a battle for my soul, between God, the Devil, and Rock & Roll!" Well clearly Rock & Roll didn't win, as this was last musical endeavor as of this review.
"A Fight for Peace" has a great mix of vocals between Dozer and Martin. It sounds as if the message is to resist temptation. "Hell at our Backs" is what Dozer said.
Ironically the next song, is titled "Hell at our Backs". Just another Blake Martin song. They couldn't just made as apart of "A Fight for Peace".
"Words Misread" is a good song. It has some pretty Guitar rifts like APFP's second album, Depravity (Which I don't have)
"Hands & Feet". Another Blake Martin song. The only difference in this song, is that it has some piano.
"Living the Dream" starts with a sick Drum fill. The lyrics are somewhat just venting problems, but are also a little depressing. But that's Metal! You don't listen to it when you want to be happy! Unless your excited whoever put out a new album or whatever. Moving onward.
"The Death" features Chad Ulrich of the Christian Hardcore band, Venia. (Seriously what is this band's obsession with people named Chad? This is the third guy!) it's a very and cool song. Especially at the end!
"The Setting Sun" is the final track on the album, but, once again, it's just Blake Martin! You may think I have a problem with him. I don't! I think he's a very talented Guitarist and Vocalist, but I didn't exactly come to hear his voice. You know what I mean? I just think he could have released those songs on the EP he did, or just another album. But once again, I don't have a problem with him or his songs. I guess I bashed him over the head a little to hard.
I loved this album, and thought it had all sorts of talent. I'm glad it was a long album, instead of a short album. Cause it shows, that they didn't want to be done immediately and that they didn't care anymore, while some bands will put out a five song EP and say, "We're done!"
For those Who Like: Attack Attack! (Caleb Shomo era)
Amos Andrew "Andy" "Dozer" Atkins – Vocals (ex-With Blood Comes Beauty, ex-The Guns of Navarone)
Ryan Blake Martin – Guitars, Vocals (Solo)
John Wand – Bass
Aaron Eckermann – Drums